Transforming India into a Big Data Hub

first_imgBig Data is a goldmine of opportunity for every country but, it represents probably the biggest opportunity in the history of India.The answer lies in how the world views India as a brand. More often than not, the country is seen as an IT Services hub or is commonly referred as the back-office of the world.The IT/IT Enabled Services (ITES) industry in India has grown at a tremendous pace in recent years. However, new locations such as the Philippines and Mexico have emerged as strong competitors. In addition, the industry has been battling global recessionary headwinds and all of these factors signal a need for the Indian IT/ITES indutry to transform. Looking at the engineering talent pool, proven track-record and maturity of the country as an IT services hub, India has a clear advantage to emerge as the global analytics services hub.The global demand of Big Data analytics services is slated to become a billion dollar industry by 2015*, but, it is not as simple as it seems. The only way for Big Data analytics services to take off is to have people skilled in data science, which is a rare breed of professional today.India does have the necessary ingredients when it comes to talent. There is an abundance of mathematics and statistics talent and it is a well known fact that India has one of the largest pools of engineering talent in the world, producing over 550,000 engineering graduates every year.** However, this talent is still raw and not industry-ready.I am proud that EMC can play a significant role in honing this talent with our EMC Academic Alliance (EAA) program. The launch of the Data Science and Big Data analytics course in India is already a big hit! The excitement is palpable and we have received an overwhelming response from participating universities, colleges and students alike.Given the impact we have had in India with EAA (100,000 ISM trained and 30,000 Cloud Infrastructure Services trained students by 2013), I won’t be surprised to see this type of success replicated with the newly launched course.There is however even more to the Big Data opportunity for India.Let’s also not forget the domestic opportunity. One would say, it is nascent! Well, let me tell you that the Gen Y (Age 15-29) population alone in India is over 1/4th of the total population and exceeds the entire population of US.*** Now, that is really big!Gen Y in India is embracing mobile and internet technology like no other. They are increasingly expressing themselves, collaborating, consuming and communicating online. It is obvious that the traditional way of selling is not going to work with this crowd. Businesses need to understand this ever important segment better which presents another big opportunity for Big Data.And, that’s not all…India with its diverse demography represents a classic opportunity for Big Data when it comes to Governance.The AADHAR project, a 12 digit individual identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on behalf of the Government of India is potentially the single largest human data repository in the world.‘Big Data can do magic’ would be an understatement when it comes to this project. It has the potential to transform citizen services completely. If analyzed, the data can provide accurate insights on nutrition levels, mortality rates, sex ratios and disease ailments across age, geography and gender among other things. Add the dimension of historical data and the Government could have strong insights that will aid in driving citizen services delivery and targeted programs for the underprivileged.The promise of Big Data should be seen as a revolution for a better future. To India, Big Data presents the biggest wave of opportunity ever and I hope that the country can rise up to the occasion and as they say, Carpe Diem!Source of data: *NASSCOM , **NASSCOM,  ***Indian Population Bureaulast_img read more

A New Era for Open Networking with Dell and Cumulus Networks

first_imgToday, I am excited to demonstrate our support for open networking by becoming the first global end-to-end technology company to provide customers including cloud providers and Web 2.0 companies a choice of third-party operating systems, tailoring networks for their specific application needs. In this effort, we have reached a re-seller agreement with Cumulus Networks – maker of the first Linux operating system for bare-metal networking devices – to support a new disaggregated networking model for its fixed-configuration switches.Our vision of the new data center networking model is an open ecosystem in which customers can choose among various industry-standard networking gear, network applications and network operating systems to meet their business needs. New dynamics in the networking world helped us to pioneer an Ethernet fabric model using form-fixed switches. Ethernet fabric is best positioned to address the demands of simplifying and automating physical switch networks encountered by network professionals in the immediate future1. In addition, the newer smaller form factor core devices can enable network managers to reduce capital costs significantly and save on operating expenses compared with chassis-based switches2.This disaggregated networking model, is not only an innovation in hardware, but in software as well. The disaggregated networking model allows for consistent computing and networking with a common deployment and operation model. In addition, you are able to leverage open source data center solutions with rapid standards-based innovation. This is a great example of innovation coming from the new Dell. Networking is an industry crying out for disruption. We’ve done this before with PCs and servers, putting us in the best position to offer a choice of network operating systems.In partnership with Cumulus Networks, we will be able to support a new disaggregated networking model for fixed-configuration switches. Dell will begin offering Cumulus® Linux® network OS as an option in addition to Dell OS for Dell Networking S6000 and S4810 top-of-rack switches. Customers will now experience high-capacity fabrics with unprecedented price-performance while seeing rapid innovation. In addition, Dell and Cumulus provide consistent tools for networking and computing with simplified network automation and flexible solutions. These solutions are also affordable. Through this open networking approach, customers will see lower operation and capital expenditures while simultaneously breaking free from vendor lock-in by joining a large ecosystem of Linus applications.“Dell is fundamentally changing the nature of the networking business, and this partnership with Cumulus Networks represents a definitive step towards disaggregating hardware and software,” said JR Rivers, co-founder and CEO of Cumulus Networks. “In this new open, multi-vendor ecosystem that’s becoming all the more prevalent, the customer finally gets to choose exactly the components they need to build the software-defined datacenter of the future without having to worry about vendor lock-in.”We are excited to be a pioneer as we enter a new era for networking. I often say Networks are like human minds – they work better when open. And that’s just what we are encouraging here at Dell. Let us know how open your networks are by following us on Twitter or checking us out at visit the site to view this video)1 Gartner, Inc., “Emergence of Ethernet Fabric Will Push Users to Rethink Their Data Center Physical Switch Networks” by Evan Zeng and Naresh Singh, October 2013.2 Gartner, Inc., “Right Sizing the Enterprise Data Center Network” by Mark Fabbi and Caio Misticone, March 2013.last_img read more

3 Types of Data Swamping and How to Avoid It

first_imgThe influx of IoT technology provides tons of benefits when implemented the right way, but the reality is it can be tough for companies to make the best decisions regarding the data volume and complexity. The vast number of sensors, embedded systems and connected devices making their way on to the edge of the network continues to grow. While everyone wants to tap the rich potential of IoT data, we’ve seen that the data flowing through so-called network tributaries can quickly overload traditional data lakes and analysis tools, leading to data swamping.Data swamping is an expensive state resulting from the inefficient handling of information within an organization. In fact, it is estimated that today nearly 99 percent of all collected data is never utilized. The results of data swamping are slow decisions and a costly network and storage burden. Data swamping can present itself in several interrelated ways:1. Long looping: The goal of IoT is to make valuable, data-based decisions in a timely fashion.  Despite the fast-moving requirements of modern organizations, some still backhaul all collected data directly to their on premise data center (or cloud) for analytics, only to push decisions all the way back to the collection points at the edge.  This is highly inefficient when shorter-term decisions are possible and perhaps even required. Unfortunately, the concept of an immediate cloud-based decision is contradictory and doesn’t work in use cases where periods of lost connectively will disrupt critical operations. Robust IoT Gateways, like the Dell Edge Gateway 5000 Series, can run in-memory analytics on streams of incoming data to help companies make rapid decisions near the very edge of the network, while routing meaningful data to the right final repository for further action or longer term storage.2. Data hoarding:  IoT data is often perishable and of little long-term value (think of binary automated building data that the lights are on or off).  Aside from the immediate need to execute on rules against a given context, a significant amount of IoT data is of low-level importance and can be discarded on the spot. Many organizations are not only sending this data long distances for decision making, they are storing it without any clear vision for its future use.  This transfer and hoard-like storage behavior results in complexity and data silos, which contributes to the data swamp.  Another benefit of running local stream analytics at the edge is the ability to apply metadata at the point of ingestion that can help ensure proper routing to a final repository and facilitate future access.3. Traffic density: Sending data long distances through networks can not only present missed decision-making opportunities, but also results in expensive provisioning, transfer and storage costs. This behavior can be likened to constantly overnighting packages of junk to yourself only to stack them up in an expensive storage unit with no intended use.  The expenses add up especially when dealing with wide-area networks, like cellular, and high-bandwidth data such as video.  Rather than sending live streams over the network it is more efficient to analyze data locally and only send small bits of information representing meaningful events – for example, the detection of motion in a secure area or notification of an impending failure in remote equipment. The ideal solution is to make decisions as close as possible to where action is taking place so network cost is only incurred for centralizing data that will be truly useful in the future.&nbsp;</p><p>As the processing power of edge gateways has increased, these devices have become more than mere entry points for sensor data.  Gateways now possess the ability to make rapid decisions at the edge of the network and immediately upstream of sensors. By acting like a data “spam filter,” gateways can help organizations rapidly act on perishable insights, dispatch useless data on the spot and route meaningful data to central repositories for further analysis. One analogy I like to use for the value of in-the-moment edge analytics is the notion of picking up after yourself on a daily basis. By putting your keys, mail, groceries, etc. away right when you get home, your house stays clean, but if you just dump everything on the floor upon coming in the house, you quickly end up with an insurmountable mess!Dell’s new edge IoT gateways, combined with distributed analytics capabilities powered by Dell Statistica, and assets from our ISV partners are bringing analytics closer to data sources. Compared to many competitor products that require a failure-prone fan to operate at full processing capacity in harsh industrial conditions, Dell’s gateways are designed to perform at their maximum potential at specified temperature extremes with zero airflow. This means organizations can deploy Dell gateways virtually anywhere to capitalize on the benefits of cloud computing combined with powerful edge analytics.  This can prevent the dreaded data swamp and provide faster and more secure business insights while saving on the costly transfer of data to and from the cloud.Swamp image via Creative Commons by shankar s.last_img read more

A future-ready network is essential for IoT

first_imgOver the past few years, IT professionals have been asked to meet the challenges posed by a number of groundbreaking technological trends, including big data, virtualization, and BYOD. Lurking around the corner for most organizations are the demands of the Internet of Things (IoT). Actually, the IoT is already a part of the technology stew for many IT environments, and its impact is growing significantly. In an article for Network Computing, Steve Hilton, managing director at MachNation, forecasts an astounding growth rate for connected devices of 30 to 40 percent per year for at least the next 10 years. Hilton adds that “enterprises that prepare for these technology and business changes will find themselves better equipped to compete in global markets and create new, innovative ideas for their customers.”IoT and the enterprise networkThe enterprise network is a critical component of a successful IoT implementation. Accordingly, IT professionals need to be aware that, in most cases, traditional networks are not designed to handle the sometimes extreme demands of IoT. Networks must be able to collect data from widely distributed sensor devices and systems and transmit the data to applications that process and analyze the data. These applications could reside on intelligent “edge” of the network devices, in the “fog,” in the cloud, or in the data center. Flexibility is paramount because as new devices or applications are added, security procedures and network throughput levels must be reconfigurable on the fly.There is probably no single networking system that is going to meet the needs of every department in a large, diversified enterprise. For example, a car manufacturer will have far different needs in the data center than it will on the factory floor. However there is one underlying network technology that can help IT organizations face the challenges presented by IoT: Software Defined Networking (SDN). Indeed Tech Target’s IoT Agenda states that “the first step to managing increased complexity of the IoT is software definability for networks.”SDN provides the necessary capabilities to help organizations efficiently process the burgeoning amounts of data generated by the IoT. Changes to network parameters can be instantly implemented from a central location to reduce bottlenecks. Schedules can be developed to allocate bandwidth for specific departments and applications at peak times. SDN also offers critical security functions ranging from granular policy enforcement to blocking network segments in the event of a security breach (extremely important when one considers the numerous entry points for cyber attacks).SDN and Open NetworkingJust as SDN is essential to the IoT, open networking is the indispensable partner to SDN. Dell is a leader in the market with an open networking foundation that allows customers to efficiently deploy new technologies. Because of Dell’s open philosophy, Dell Networking hardware supports third–party networking software from various innovative providers such as Big Switch Networks, Cloudera, Cumulus Networks, IP Infusion, Midokura, and Pluribus Networks. By decoupling software applications from hardware, Dell makes networking more economical and gives customers considerable latitude in developing an IoT ecosystem that best fits their needs.SDN has already or will soon become a necessity for a diverse array of organizations ranging from law enforcement agencies to healthcare providers that seek to maximize the potential of IoT. An example of a company already using open networking to create competitive advantage is Vivint, the largest home automation services provider in North America, which standardized on an open networking platform from Cloudera, an aforementioned Dell partner. Brandon Bunker, senior director at Vivant, says “With the emergence of the IoT, we are truly able to innovate by collecting and analyzing vast amounts of data from sensors embedded in our devices. We’ve taken that one step further with Cloudera and can now look across many data streams simultaneously for behaviors, geo-location, and actionable events in order to better understand and enrich our customers’ lives. This platform has differentiated our business and given us a tremendous competitive advantage.”Dell Networking is proud to partner with innovators like Cloudera. Dell offers a wide variety of modular systems IT organizations can use as building blocks that can be precisely tailored as workload demands change over time. We are also proud to be a founding member of The OpenFog Consortium (OpenFog), a public-private ecosystem formed to accelerate the adoption of fog computing in order to solve the bandwidth, latency and communications challenges associated with the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, the Tactile Internet and other advanced concepts in the digitized world. Dell Networking’s design philosophy, combining open and standards-based systems with modularity and a future-ready approach, is a key component for organizations seeking to make the IoT a reality.For more information, download Understanding the benefits of open networking and SDN by Tech Targetlast_img read more

The Foundation for Powering Up the Modern Data Center

first_imgOne of the key elements of a digital transformation is leveraging data analytics to deliver new insights for the business, increase the speed of execution and deliver competitive differentiation. In fact, IDC predicts that by 2020, 60-70 percent of Fortune 2000 companies will have at least one mission-critical workload that leverages real-time data analytics*. A modern data center must be built with solutions that can support these workloads as well as traditional applications, which are all driving new levels of performance requirements.That’s why I am elated to share that today we announced Dell EMC PowerMax: the world’s fastest storage array1. With end-to-end NVMe, a multi-controller scale-out architecture, a real-time machine learning engine and intelligent data reduction, PowerMax is the definition of Modern Tier 0 Storage. It’s designed to support mission-critical applications of today and tomorrow.PowerMax delivers unprecedented levels of performance of up to 10M IOPS2, 150 GB per second bandwidth and up to 50 percent better response times3. The multi-controller architecture is truly future proof with end-to-end NVMe built on cutting-edge technology based on industry standards that is optimized for Storage Class Memory (SCM) to maximize performance and agility. It features NVMe-based drives, NVMe-based Disk Array Enclosure and is NVMe-over-Fabric ready. Best of all, customers will be able to non-disruptively add Storage Class Memory (SCM) drives to their PowerMax array as soon as they are available early next year.PowerMaxOS unlocks the power of this system with a built-in machine learning engine that leverages predictive analytics and pattern recognition to analyze and forecast over 40 million data sets in real time in a single array4. This drives over six billion decisions per day to maximize performance with no management overhead5. It learns from patterns over time and recognizes changes in real time and rebalances data accordingly by placing it on the appropriate media type (SCM or Flash).PowerMax also includes inline deduplication and compression to minimize storage footprint with up to 5:1 data reduction6. Compression and dedupe are hardware-assisted, selectable together and can be turned on or off at the storage group level for maximum flexibility. Plus, they are fully compatible with all data services with no performance impact. PowerMax arrays also provide 2x better rack density7 and 40 percent power savings8.Customers who have gotten an early look at PowerMax are thrilled with how it will help them truly modernize their data center. Thorsten Tullman, Systems Engineer at KIT says “PowerMax is one of the truly enterprise systems delivering the latest technology while focusing on reliability, availability, and serviceability.”PowerMax is fast, smart and efficient – all without compromise. In addition to staggering performance, the latest cutting edge technology and smart machine learning, it is built on the foundation of Dell EMC’s flagship storage array. PowerMax will enable our customers to consolidate traditional apps including block, file, mainframe and IBM i as well as next generation apps like real-time analytics. It also provides world-class availability, unmatched data protection and security, as well as massive scalability.To learn more about the Dell EMC PowerMax family, visit* Source: on Dell EMC internal analysis of published bandwidth of the PowerMax 8000 versus competitive mainstream arrays, March 2018.2Based on Dell EMC internal analysis of Random Read Hits Max IOs Per Second (Within a single array) for the PowerMax 8000, March 2018.3Based on Dell internal testing using the Random Read Miss benchmark test in March 2018, comparing the PowerMax 8000 against the VMAX 950F with SAS Flash Drives. Actual response times will vary.4Based on Dell EMC internal analysis of PowerMax 2000/8000 with 200TB of capacity, March 2018.5Based on Dell EMC internal analysis of a single PowerMax 2000 or 8000 array, March 2018.6Based on Dell EMC internal analysis of dedupe and compression for a PowerMax array, March 2018. Actual data reduction will vary.7Based on Dell EMC internal analysis comparing maximum capacity per floor tile of the PowerMax 8000 against the VMAX 950F, March 2018.8Based on Dell EMC internal analysis, March 2018, comparing a fully configured PowerMax 8000 vs. a fully configured VMAX 950F. Actual power savings will vary.last_img read more

STEMAspire Glasgow

first_imgThe STEMAspire Program was originally created at EMC to support and enable 3rd-year female graduate students to complete their degree and continue onto a successful career in the technology industry. We have since launched the same program in Glasgow Dell EMC.Given the huge responsibility involved Dell EMC Glasgow wanted to ensure we were providing the best program possible for these students, ensuring as a business we connected with them in a positive way. From the offset, we extended the mentor support program to 1st- and 2nd-year students allowing any student struggling or questioning their degree choice to receive support early encouraging them to remain on this academia pathway.In the spirit of inclusion, Dell EMC invited male mentors to join the program, it was important to us our female mentee’s knew men were sponsors of their success, given the work we do around MARC.In designing the program the most important aspect was setting expectations for the mentors and the mentees, specifically of the commitments each person was agreeing to.  Mentors applying undertook a screening process, successful mentors joined a training program, and agreements were signed committing to a minimum of one hour per month face to face 121 with their mentee in addition to participating in the quarterly group events over 12 months. Students also signed agreements and the mentor training notes were shared all to ensure a consistent experience for each mentor and mentee.A social media campaign is also accompanying the mentor program aimed to extend the network for industry and the students. Brand ambassadors will share in the experience through the 12-month mentor program inviting feedback and interaction throughout the initiative.Since launching on the 1st November 2017 we have received phenomenal feedback from our mentees and mentors, as well as externally feedback most notably from Equate Scotland who are keen to share and encourage best practise amongst other industry leaders. STEMAspire Testimonials:“I found all the tests to match with the mentor were useful as we matched well. Getting invaluable interview tips and CV skills. It has helped us identify Dell job opportunities and has helped to apply to jobs in this sector.” — Leigh McCracken, HND Computer Networking, 2nd year, CGC“Mentoring programmes should be embedded into academic courses. Every student should participate in a Mentoring Programme. I definitely encourage this program to continue and help others in my situation.” — Madihah Bhatti, Information Technology, 4th Year, UWS“The STEMAspire programme stands out because it represents a long-term sustained investment in workforce diversity & inclusivity, delivering meaningful early career support, absolutely gold standard” — Douglas Morrison, STEM and Innovation Lead City of Glasgow CollegeIf interested please contact us to find out more information, our next STEMAspire program is aiming to be launched in June 2018. For updates follow @DellEMCUKI (Twitter).last_img read more

Dell EMC: 100GbE for the Open Networking Era

first_imgEnterprise and Service Provider data centers are undergoing rapid infrastructure transformations from slow-moving, hierarchical and physical to agile, flat and virtualized.Higher-speed networking infrastructure is central to this evolution. At the fabric level, where data center racks interconnect, this means an aggressive shift from 40GbE to 100GbE technology and to fixed form-factor products versus clunky, power-hungry, chassis systems. According to industry researchers at Dell’Oro, 100GbE shipments in the data center will grow from 4.6 million ports in 2017 to 19.4 million ports in 2022.To meet this demand, we’re introducing the Z9264F-ON, doubling 100GbE capacities over our previous Z9100 platform. This allows customers to invest more aggressively in 100GbE with greater port fan-outs. What really sets the Z9264F-ON apart, and what gets me really excited, is the ability for the Z9264F-ON to accelerate Open Networking adoption, meaning the ability to mix-and-match operating system software with networking hardware.You see, currently the only available systems on the market matching these specs are ‘closed’.  They can only run software that comes from that particular supplier. But increasingly that goes against the grain of what customers are seeking. Customers today are demanding more and more open solutions providing the choice to make independent decisions around networking hardware and software for their particular environments.Every customer is different. Some customers will prefer hardware and software engineered by the same vendor. For those, we pair the new Z9264F-ON with our fully-featured OS10 Enterprise Edition package. Other customers are looking to run third-party commercial software packages for access to alternative programming models. For these customers we offer combinations of the Z9264F-ON with Big Switch Networks, Cumulus Networks and Pluribus Networks.Also emerging are models where customers want to construct their own ‘composable’ networking stacks based on either commercial or open source components. Some customers seek open source base elements from which they can then layer commercial routing protocols on top. For these customers, we have our OS10 Open Edition system software, based on the Linux Foundation’s OpenSwitch open source project, and pair it with commercial routing protocol software from Metaswitch.Others want to go the fully-open source path – procuring hardware from a commercial supplier such as Dell EMC, and adding open source elements to construct a full stack. This could mean running OCP SONiC or Linux Foundation OpenSwitch code natively on the Z9264F-ON.The bottom line is this, when it comes to 100GbE networking customers want choice.  One size doesn’t fit all with the myriad use cases. While this mixing-and-matching of hardware and software is a big story in and of itself, perhaps the bigger story lies with the people that are making these decisions.Gone are the days when networking was something that was understood only by the specialized networking department. In fact today, there are number of personas, or data center personnel, with networking know how. The result is that they demand new and different ways to configure and consume networking.Figure 1. Maximum choice and capability in the data center with Open NetworkingYes, the traditional Networking Admin or Network Engineer still exist. For them, our OS10 Enterprise Edition is a great fit. But for Converged Admins, for example, they’re looking for something a bit less traditional and perhaps with a different front-end to configuring the network. For them, Big Switch has a strong appeal. Others, such as Linux Admins, would prefer to consume networking the same way they consume compute. They would gravitate to solutions from Cumulus Networks. For DevOps organizations, they may opt straightaway for an open source package from OCP or the Linux Foundation as the basis for programming networking infrastructure.The end result is different software for different personas…or put another way software-defined personas. These are exciting times. The Z9264F-ON is an exciting product. Learn more at read more

Dell Technologies Delivers Proven Wins with IoT Connected Bundles

first_imgIt’s difficult to imagine there was a time when wireless networks, mobile devices, and IP-based collaboration platforms were viewed as unsuitable for the enterprise. Today, we can’t go a day without these technologies at work.The Dell Technologies team predicts the Internet of Things (IoT) will follow the same adoption curve. However, we understand the risks associated with IoT are significant. Customers have to think about workplace safety, security, customer experience; but perhaps more important, they also need to think about people’s livelihoods and jobs, which can be disrupted by automation.But we believe in the power of consumerization, and that our desire for productivity and efficiency is stronger than our fears.Dell Technologies is uniquely positioned to drive the changes necessary to bring IoT to an organization of all sizes. Through our breadth of experience, we’ve acquired a rich body of knowledge deploying IoT at scale, which enables us to reduce the risks associated with IoT; from interoperability to unpredictability.  We are packaging the lessons we’ve learned through our journey to create IoT Connected Bundles for the channel partners which are repeatable solutions with proven IoT wins for customers.It is quite a complicated process to build the IoT solutions which are a mix of components like sensors, gateways, partner software applications and network connections to create the end-to-end solution. Dell Technologies brings together Technology and Services partners with the essential IoT components into an award-winning IoT Solutions Partner Program.  With the growing partner base, the program’s extensive and smart curation process has helped us identify the first eight solutions to participate in the new “IoT Connected Bundles” program with a built-in method for partners to bubble up for consideration for engineered solutions and bring vertical solutions to market with Dell Technologies capabilities. Our engineered solutions are developed and tested by Dell Technologies and are comprised of a combination of at least two portfolio assets together with additional IP.  We’re engineering a foundational infrastructure suite that’s composed of purely Dell Technologies assets which turn into use-case specific solutions when partner and/or end customer extensions are applied. We are at a fascinating phase with IoT at Dell Technologies, and I could not be more excited to be part of this journey.The IoT Connected bundles could be looked at as an extension to your strengths as a trusted IT services company to install and manage IoT with the same security and rigor you bring to your existing systems. Hardware, software, and peripherals — all it takes to deploy each solution can be now found in one single box. De-risk IoT with simplified deployment for rapid RoI. The IoT Connected Bundles leverage the Dell Technologies portfolio to bring IoT value to main street faster than ever before.The IoT Connected Bundles are a vital part of our commitment to investing in IoT. Last year’s IoT Strategy Launch led to many conversations with partners and customers. Today, we have a better understanding than ever of the challenges and opportunities before them. Our mission is to deliver IoT solutions that are purpose-built, approachable, and interoperable and stand the test of time. We’re setting our sights on solving practical business problems with common-sense solutions, accessible to a broad set of consumers. For the first seven IoT Connected Bundles, we’ve partnered with domain experts in energy savings for grocery retailers while improving food quality and safety, self-contained and powered surveillance for safety and security in outdoor spaces, compliance-aaS for HVAC, refrigeration and power systems, advanced Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM), efficient remote monitoring of field assets in Oil and Gas operations, predictive maintenance in midmarket manufacturing and digital manufacturing intelligence suite for larger-scale operations.These solutions bring forth benefits that make a measurable difference. The surveillance IoT Connected Bundles solution can make cities safer more efficiently than traditional solutions by entirely bypassing the costly, and regulation-heavy electrical trenching process. The cold-chain IoT Connected Bundles solution enables food retailers to reduce food waste, minimize the use of environmental resources and bring fresher produce to into our kitchens. The oil & gas field monitoring IoT Connected Bundles solution not only lowers operational costs but makes it safer for field workers to track pivotal data — its technology can identify threats like changes in temperature, pressure, or even a potential leak.We are excited to announce the first four IoT Connected Bundles solutions with ELM Fieldsight, Modius, V5 Systems in NA and ActionPoint in EMEA will be available in September 2018. Three other solutions with Pixel Velocity, Software AG, and IMS Evolve will be available this in Q3, and more are in consideration for rollout in 2019.The IoT Connected Bundles will be offered exclusively to our channel partners, “Tech Data is proud of the IoT solutions we are making available to our customers around the world. These offerings are further testimony of the increasing importance of the solution aggregator role we play in IoT & Analytics. Bringing together the required components from different vendors in the form of solutions that are proven, validated and deployed at scale provides production-ready solutions for our customers and significantly speeds up the time to revenue.” Craig Smith, vice president, IoT & Analytics Europe, Tech Data.We are committed to be the essential infrastructure company for businesses and communities of all types and sizes. Taking the guesswork out of IoT and accelerating access for a wide range of customers, delivers on our mission of making innovation real, for everyone.last_img read more